Most men are busy and digitally connected. But more than ever, men are isolated. If we go back to the very beginning, we see man living without flaw. In the Garden of Eden God knew that Adam, created perfect, was missing something. “It’s not good for man to be alone…” God said (Gen. 2:18). If man in perfection needed a friend, how much more do you and I?
A recent survey on friendship indicated that 76 percent of men don’t have a close and trusted friend they can share anything with, on any topic. That number sounds high because it is. Even though we are wired for community, men gravitate towards isolation—something the book of Proverbs warns against. “Whoever isolates himself seeks his own desire; he breaks out against all sound judgment” (18:1). The opposite is also true. When men build a brotherhood, a small huddle of trusted friends who share every aspiration and confess any sin, our insecurities, doubts and limitations fall away. There is more strength in the unity of three (Eccl. 4:12). Here are 6 Bible verses about friendship we can’t forget.
Jesus gathered a handful of men and introduced them to the deepest levels of friendship. He exemplified what it looked like to be to be real, loyal, honest, and engaged in a committed, purposeful and consistent huddle. Under Christ’s leadership, those men spread His movement that changed the world.
Samson was a volcano of a man and judge over Israel for two decades. God had set him apart as a deliverer and given him unrivaled strength to rip apart lions and enemies (Judges 13-15). Despite his assigned authority and, incredible power, Samson’s life was defined by epic and serial failures.
Those failures could be linked to Samson’s lack of meaningful friendships. The groomsmen at his own wedding were strangers, and he chose to live alone in an isolated cave (Judges 14:10-11; 15:8). Samson operated solo. He kept it all inside. He kept it all for himself. His “no friends” and “no feedback” approach backfired.
6 Bible Verses about Friendship We Can’t Forget
But if we are living in the light, as God is in the light, then we have fellowship with each other, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, cleanses us from all sin. —1 John 1:7 NLT
As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend. —Proverbs 27:17 NLT
And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching. —Hebrews 10:24-25 NIV
Share each other’s burdens, and in this way obey the law of Christ. —Galatians 6:2 NLT
Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. —James 5:16 NIV
A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a time of adversity. —Proverbs 17:17 NIV
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